In this talk I will briefly discuss our 11-yr research program on the pollination biology of four species of Sonoran Desert columnar cacti that we conducted at Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. My recent book ‘No Species is an Island’ (University of Arizona Press, 2017)
summarizes our major findings, and I will highlight these with readings from the book. I will use illustrations from the book and my photographs to support our research results.
I have been a professional biologist for over 50 years. For most of my career I have studied ecological interactions between seed- and/or pollen-dispersing phyllostomid bats and their food plants in Latin America. My seed dispersal studies were conducted in tropical forests in Costa Rica between 1970 and 1986. My pollen dispersal studies were conducted in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona between 1989 and 2000; my graduate students conducted parallel studies in Curacao, Venezuela, and Peru. My students and I studied the evolution of phyllostomid bats in the West Indies between 2000 and 2006. My current research involves the use of hummingbird feeders by nectar bats in southern Arizona.
I have been professionally employed by the Smithsonian Institution (1966-67), the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1969-78), and the University of Miami (1978-2008). I directed the theses or dissertations of 22 graduate students and have won several national awards for my research. I was associated with the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) for many years and served as its president in 2001. I have authored/co-authored over 150 publications and eight books, including “The Ornaments of Life: Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics (University of Chicago Press, 2013; co-authored with W. John Kress) and “No Species is an Island: Bats, Cacti, and Sonoran Desert Secrets” (University of Arizona Press, 2017). I retired from the U of Miami in 2008. My wife and I live in Tucson, AZ near our daughter and her family.
I’ve always had an interest in art and have used photography as a creative outlet for this for many years. I’ve become deeply involved in digital photography and digital art in retirement. I’ve enjoyed being a member of Club Camera Tucson and served as its president in 2010-12. My photo website is: www.tedflemingphotography.com
Please come and enjoy this special program presentation, have some refreshments, meet and talk with friends, take home some plant giveaways and more. Also, be sure to take a free TCSS plant provided for those who stay until our closing.